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‘The biggest business case for diversity is still its beneficial impact on the bottom line.’ Photograph: iStock

Around this time last year, management consulting firm McKinsey updated its international research on the positive link between diversity and financia(...)

Giving school students access to iPads, laptops or e-books in the classroom appears to hurt their learning, new research indicates. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Giving school students access to iPads, laptops or e-books in the classroom appears to hurt their learning, new research has found. However, putting (...)

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma. The Gupta brothers are accused of using their relationships with Zuma and other politically-connected individuals to illegally acquire billions of rand in state contracts. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

A far-reaching corruption scandal in South Africa that led to the collapse of UK public relations giant Bell Pottinger is now damaging the reputations(...)

Googleplex in Menlo Park, California: Public companies like  Google, Amazon and Facebook   have been richly rewarded for prioritising long-term projects ahead of short-term earnings pressures. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty

Most companies are short-termist. In a world where you are measured by quarterly reports, it’s inevitable. But business would be better off ignoring(...)

An Post’s new chief executive, David McRedmond, hopes the rise in the price of stamps, coupled with cost savings of €10 million, will bring the company close to breakeven in 2017. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There’s a generation of children at school today who might never write a cheque in their lives, or buy a stamp, or even buy a newspaper, more’s the pi(...)

The existence, size and investments of the highly profitable internal trading fund, set up three decades ago, have until now remained largely unknown outside a circle of McKinsey insiders

McKinsey, one of the world’s most influential consulting firms, has built up a secretive $5 billion internal investment arm that manages the fortunes (...)

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett: shares in Berkshire Hathaway fell 11 per cent last year. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Wall Street strategists have been unusually muted regarding prospects for US equities in 2016. Instead, they’re gung-ho for Europe, predicting gains o(...)

Ulster Bank’s new chief executive Gerry Mallon told the “Belfast Telegraph” in September: “I need the buzz: the livelier the city, the better.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank’s new chief executive Gerry Mallon will be a busy man next June. That’s when he takes up the reins at Ulster Bank’s business in the Republ(...)

A worker rides past a poster showing Beijing’s central business district outside a construction site in Beijing. Growth in China’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to slow to 7 per cent in 2015. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

The early new year is a fine time for getting out one’s crystal ball and seeing what the future holds. China-watchers are particularly prone to futuro(...)

More than 2.1 billion people - equivalent to nearly 30 per cent of the global population- are overweight or obese

The global cost of obesity outweighs that of alcoholism, drug use or road accidents and closely rivals that of armed conflict and smoking, according t(...)

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